Environmental threats will likely to cause human development to deteriorate

The 2011 Human Development Report estimated that by 2050, in an “environmental challenge” scenario factoring in the effects of global warming on food production and pollution, the average HDI would be 12 percent lower in regions like South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa than would otherwise be the case. Under an even more adverse “environmental disaster” situation—with vast deforestation, dramatic biodiversity declines and increasingly extreme weather—the global HDI would fall 15 percent below the baseline projection for 2050, with the deepest losses in the poorest regions as this graphs shows. Read more about environmental sustainability and its effects on human development at the 2011 Human Development Report.

This graph was originally published on the 2011 Human Development Report, “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World” – Page 31